The best thing I did in 2016 was to buy CircleV tickets. I was not sure what I was doing as I was going to go by myself. A week prior to the festival, I went by myself to see Sia’s concert at the United Center in Chicago. I just realized that I do not like to go to places with people who does not care about the events as much as I do, so I’d rather go alone. The Sia concert was not the perfect scene as most people go in groups, but after a few seconds literally I was aware that I was by myself, I did not need anybody.
Earlier that day when I arrived at LAX I was starving, so I googled quickly for vegan options near the hotel I had booked in Hollywood (around the block from the festival) and I said ‘OMG, there is a vegan restaurant in each block!”. Was this a sign that I needed to move to Cali? Anyway I set up the Uber app to drop me off at the Veggie Grill.
Let’s start the day with a real Veggie Burger:
After that I went for a walk, where I received signs that Cali was the place to be. First, I saw the Farmer’s market:
I wanted to buy it all, however I decided to fly light and I did not bring a suitcase, just my Matt & Nat backpack. So I bought nothing.
I walked around, took a lot of pictures. I kept seeing more vegan restaurants. And there it was the famous Trejo’s Cantina, known for having a lot of vegan options.
I got some coffee and made my way to the Festival. There was a line around the block. I put myself there, and I saw a lot of people by themselves. I was not the only one without vegan friends who wanted to go to the CircleV.
Excellent vendor selection.
Famous people eat too:
The speakers were the best selection possible.
John Saleey-Rich Roll-Dotsie Bausch-
JVM-Nathan Runkle-Gene Bauer- Ingrid Newkirk- Kat Von D
Sailesh Krishna Rao
Too many points that resonate with me deeply were spoken by these speakers. The most important one was the idea that there was no need to apologize for being an activist, for being kind.
I saw March Ching at the event, I am following him and all the work he is doing saving animals from the dog meat market in Asia. I built courage and I approached him, he was so down to earth, he even asked me for a hug! Who could use love more than those who have seen all the horrific animal suffering?
If you win the lottery of friends, it will be these ones, casually talking here.
Oh Moby, as if you did not do enough sharing your musical talent with the world and filling my soul with songs like ‘Everloving’ or ‘Porcelain’. You need to top it off showing that you are the best animal activist in the world. You give us so much hope working hard for the animals. Yes, I do not know you personally, and I never understood people saying “I love you” to people they do not know, but sorrynotsorry, I DO LOVE YOU!
Tony Kanal- Moby-Nathan Runkle